Friday, August 1, 2008
#572 Chris James
Why this card is awesome: Because that, my friends, is a level swing. Look at that bat--damn near parallel to the ground. You don't see that too often. Plus, another mention on the back of Mr. Gassaway!
James was part of two fairly lopsided trades. First, the Phillies traded him away and got John Kruk, a key member of their 1993 NL championship team plus Randy Ready. Later, he was packaged along with Sandy Alomar Jr. and Carlos Baerga by the Padres in order to get Joe Carter. Carter was very overrated, and Alomar and Baerga were two of the biggest reasons why the Indians became playoff contenders in the 1990s. (Carter was of of course traded with Sandy's brother Roberto just a year later.)
Cool stat: James once had 3 extra base hits in a game, a double, triple, and a homer. Unfortunately he missed the cycle by just a single. Here's a piece about missing the cycle by a single.